Sawma Conference

It is with great pleasure that the 2024 conference committee is inviting researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers to submit abstracts for the annual conference of the Southern African Wildlife Management Association (SAWMA). This year’s conference, hosted by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF – www.giraffeconservation.org), promises to be a very special event as it is the first time that the conference will be hosted outside South Africa. The conference will take place at Arebbusch Travel Lodge in Windhoek, Namibia from 6 – 11 October 2024.

A BROAD CONFERENCE THEMATIC OVERVIEW

THINKING BIG: LANDSCAPE LEVEL AND TRANSBOUNDARY PERSPECTIVES ON SOUTHERN AFRICAN CONSERVATION

Wildlife management in southern Africa faces numerous challenges, including habitat fragmentation and loss, human-wildlife conflict, and climate change. To address these issues, a landscape-level approach that considers ecological, social, and economic factors is essential. This approach involves the integration of various management strategies, such as habitat restoration, community engagement, and adaptive management, to promote the conservation of wildlife and their habitats while also supporting local livelihoods.

During the SAWMA Namibia 2024 conference, we will showcase studies from different regions in southern Africa, highlighting successful landscape-level approaches to wildlife management and conservation. We urge the participants to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from these approaches and explore ways to scale up these efforts to achieve greater impact. Four sub-themes will enable presenters to share their experiences on topics such as community-based natural resource management, connectivity, green economy, and conservation health. Our goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to guide improved wildlife management and promote sustainable development in southern Africa.

 SUB-THEMES:
 Abstracts can be submitted using the following sub-themes as guidelines:

A more detailed description for each sub-theme can be found at the following link:  SAWMA Namibia 2024 Conference themes

 

  • Community-Based Natural Resource Management
    Fostering community-led conservation and resource management in southern African landscapes: successes, challenges, and opportunities
  • A Greener Economy for Wildlife Conservation: Public/Private Partnerships
    Unlocking the potential of public-private partnerships for sustainable wildlife management and a green economy in southern African landscapes
  • Connectivity Across Diverse Ecosystems
    Landscape-level ecology and transboundary management for wildlife conservation in southern Africa
  • Conservation Health
    Promoting wildlife health and welfare through physiological understanding and veterinary interventions in the southern African landscape
 

 IMPORTANT DATES:

Submission Portal for Abstracts Opens

Friday, 1 March 2024

Early Bird Registration Opens

Monday, 8 April 2024 (valid until 23H59 on Saturday, 30 June 2024)

Booking of accommodation

Arebbusch Travel Lodge is open for booking your accommodation. Please book your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Contact Charlene Grace, Tel: +264 61 252 255; Email: charlene.grace@arebbusch.com

 Submission deadline

Friday, 17 May 2024

Review Feedback Distributed

Monday, 3 June 2024

Standard Registration Opens

Monday, 1 July 2024

Registration Closes

Monday, 23 September 2024

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

Format:

 

Although the conference will be streamed live for participants who cannot attend the event in person, the first author or a co-author is required to attend the conference in person if presenting.

 

Submission types:

Full presentations: 12 min + 3 min questions

Speed presentations: 3 min + 2 min questions

 

Guidelines for abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the submission portal. The abstract text (excluding title, authors, and affiliations) must not exceed 250 words. The abstract submission portal will open on 1 March 2024 and the submission deadline is Friday, 17 May 2024. 

Every effort will be made to accommodate the author’s preference for either a full presentation or a speed presentation under the main theme and sub-themes, however, the scientific review committee reserves the right to make the final decision. The scientific committee will review the scientific merit of all abstracts. As such, authors are responsible for ensuring the correct grammar and overall quality of their abstracts. Supervisors of students should approve their abstracts before submission.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be provided further information on the operating system requirements for your presentation, instructions on getting your presentation loaded, etc. Microsoft PowerPoint is strongly preferred for oral presentations.

 

Abstract Template

 

Special Issue of African Journal of Wildlife Research (AJWR)

The African Journal of Wildlife Research (AJWR) will be publishing a special issue, dedicated to showcasing the proceedings of the SAWMA 2024 conference. The special issue will take the form of a collection of extended abstracts (i.e., limited to 800 words and a maximum of two figures/tables). Prospective authors do not need to do anything at this point other than submit their abstracts as per the conference announcement. During the conference, the editorial board for the special issue will assess all presentations based on a set of published criteria.  After the conference, authors whose presentations were favourably assessed will be invited to submit their extended abstracts for review. NOTE: An invitation to submit an extended abstract does not constitute tacit acceptance. All extended abstracts will be reviewed before acceptance in line with the publishing policy of the AJWR.

SUBMISSION PORTAL

REGISTRATION

There are different registration options available for the conference. Please make sure to select the correct option(s) that meet your requirements. The conference will be streamed virtually free of charge. You can find the registration link below to attend the conference either in-person or virtually.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS 

We are pleased to announce that two pre-conference workshops will be included FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to the organisers of the workshops who are sponsoring the events. Please make your accommodation arrangements accordingly. Delegates who would like to participate in these workshops would need to register below:

A) EARTH RANGER WORKSHOP (Saturday, 5 October to Sunday, 6 October 13h00 at University of Science & Technology Hotel School)

This workshop is relevant for both current and prospective EarthRanger users and aims to foster a deeper understanding of EarthRanger’s capabilities and applications. A maximum of 45 people can be accommodated.

Objectives:

    • Provide potential users with insights into the functionality and benefits of EarthRanger.
    • Offer training sessions for new users on navigating both the EarthRanger web and mobile applications.
    • Provide advanced training for experienced users to enhance their proficiency in administering EarthRanger.
    • Facilitate discussions for individuals seeking further information on EarthRanger, including opportunities to become deployment partners.

B) WILDLIFE ACOUSTICS WORKSHOP:  (Sunday, 6 October 14h00 – 17h00 at the SKW – Windhoek Sports Club) 

 

Considering Bioacoustic Monitoring

Learn how bioacoustics can be used as a survey, monitoring, and research tool—alone or in conjunction with other methodologies. The workshop will cover deployment methods, bioacoustic survey best practices, and data analysis. Case studies will illustrate the benefits of using bioacoustics to evaluate the health of individual species, species assemblages, and habitats; and conduct academic research and citizen science. The analysis of huge quantities of acoustic data can be daunting however the workshop will cover how to extract calls from large data sets and analyse vast data sets quickly and efficiently.

 

This is a practical workshop so please feel free to bring along a laptop. It is recommended that you install Kaleidoscope Lite (https://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/products/kaleidoscope/kaleidoscope-lite) before attending as installation may require permissions from your IT services. A full training licence will be provided on the day.

 

An email will be sent to you closer to the time giving you access to the data, again if you could download this prior to the workshop this would be useful, but the data will be available on a USB stick if required. No prior knowledge of bioacoustics is required for this workshop.

ACCOMMODATION

CONFERENCE VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION

Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek, Namibia

Arebbusch Travel Lodge is situated approximately 10 minutes away from the Windhoek city centre. The lodge, situated on the banks of the dry Arebbusch River, offers quality accommodation at affordable rates in a natural setting. Arebbusch Travel Lodge provides a wide variety of

value-for-money accommodations from camping to luxury B&B rooms.

 

Established in 1993, Arebbusch Travel Lodge is privately owned and is classified as a Rest Camp. It is registered with the Namibian Tourism Board (Reg no.RES00024) and it has been a member of the Hospitality Association of Namibia since 1997.

 

Physical address: Cnr of Golf & Aus Rd, Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia

BOOKING YOUR ACCOMMODATION

Delegates are responsible for arranging and paying for their accommodation at Arebbusch Travel Lodge (www.arebbusch.com), by contacting:

Charlene Grace. ph: +264 61 252 255; Email: charlene.grace@arebbusch.com.  Please use “SAWMA CONFERENCE” as a reference when you contact Arebbusch Travel Lodge.


Alternatively, feel free to explore other options in Windhoek by visiting booking sites such as: https://hotels.bestdistricts.com/ or https://www.booking.com/ or https://www.airbnb.co.za/namibia/ or any other popular booking sites.

TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT TO AREBBUSCH TRAVEL LODGE

Please contact Charlene Grace. ph: +264 61 252 255; Email: charlene.grace@arebbusch.com if you require transportation from the airport to the lodge!

 

CALL FOR SPONSORS

We would appreciate your consideration for supporting the 2024 conference with a cash donation.

DescriptionCostRecognition
Platinum Conference Sponsor R100 000-00 or morePlatinum Sponsor
Gold Conference SponsorR50 000-00 – R99 000-00Gold Sponsor
Silver Conference Sponsor R20 000-00 – R49 000-00Silver Sponsor
Bronze Conference SponsorR1 000-00 – R19 000-00 Bronze Sponsor

The broader SAWMA community consists of conservation managers, scientists (e.g., ecologists, conservation biologists, geneticists, social scientists, and zoologists), policymakers and students, conducting basic and applied research in several aspects of conservation and wildlife management. This research aligns directly with several national and international imperatives, including biodiversity conservation, ecosystem resilience and human dimensions of wildlife.

 

As an association, SAWMA recognises the need to invest in our collective conservation future. To this end, SAWMA offers free membership to all registered students. Students, as our future scientists and decision-makers, are also charged significantly lower registration rates for our annual conferences to allow as many as possible to benefit from attending the events. We can proudly say that our annual conferences provide an ideal opportunity for students to further their knowledge, gain confidence in scientific presentation and network with other students, managers and academics. It also opens possibilities and opportunities for future employment and research projects. However, like all investments, our emphasis on student opportunities and involvement comes at a cost to the association and this is where we would like to request your assistance.

 

The expected attendance is about 150 delegates on site and about 250 delegates attending the event virtually.

 

As a sponsor, you will be recognised on the conference website (logo and sponsorship level), and on other media platforms used to promote the conference. There will also be a logo wall at the conference for all sponsors.

 

It is our firm belief that your support represents an investment in the future of conservation and wildlife management in Africa and we would be honoured if you would accept our invitation to be an integral part of the Southern African Wildlife Management Conference.

 

If you are interested in supporting the conference in the form of any of the above sponsorship opportunities, we invite you to contact:

 

Elma Marais (Southern African Wildlife Management Association)

Email: office@sawma.co.za

Web: www.sawma.co.za

 

 

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors